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When You Don't See Me: A Letter to My Patients

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I carry you with me. I am your nurse. So when you don't see me, please know that I'm near. Your life is my responsibility -- your livelihood, my pride. We carry you with us: on scribbled notes in pockets, through aching within worn bodies -- forever in our minds.

Nurse Brought The Magic Of Snow To Kids In Hospital Who Can't Go Outside

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.01.2016 | Good News

This nurse brought a flurry of excitement to kids in the hospital. Alex Classen, a clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clini...

Why I'm On A Mission To Make A Positive Impact In Healthcare

Brian Boyle | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Boyle

I am not a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, specialist, EMT, paramedic, or healthcare professional. However, I do have some medical knowledge -- and...

In Philly, Nurses Are Fighting Back Against Healthcare that Puts Profits Before Patients

Patty Eakin | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Patty Eakin

In short, hospitals are increasingly acting like corporations. They're not the same not-for-profit, community-centered organizations that many of us like to remember.

This Simple Workplace Change Could Improve Surgery Survival Rates

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.24.2016 | Healthy Living

Surgery patients do better when nurses have better working environments, according to a new study. Hospitals with well-staffed, top-notch nursing depa...

Sanders Medicare for All: Finally a Plan to Protect Our Most Precious Gift -- Our Health

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century -- healthcare coverage for everyone -- deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true.

10 Secrets That Nurses Keep From Their Patients

Brie Gowen | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

I guess nurses are a secretive bunch. But if it's right what they say, that the truth will set you free, then here are 10 secrets your nurse has been keeping from you.

Things You Should Know as a Hospital Patient

Quora | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Most people feel that the equation to survive your hospitalization predominantly involves the expertise of your surgeon and the disease at hand.

Leveraging the Expertise of America's Most Trusted Profession

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

During a time when Americans' confidence in many U. S. institutions has declined, the public's trust in nurses remains unmatched.

A Nurse and a New Year

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Because as a nurse in the intensive care unit, I've learned -- while I'm relatively young, I possess an old soul -- that nothing in this life is promised. We have no guarantee. We cannot push off what we crave today unto tomorrow, because there is no certainty that tomorrow may come.

The Gift of Hope

Roberta Gately | Posted 12.22.2015 | Good News
Roberta Gately

So this Christmas, and every Christmas since I first saw her, my eyes will search the city's streets, for she is somewhere out there, she is in every person with a hand held out, and eyes searching, not so much for money, as for hope.

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

All Health Care Jobs Should Be Living-wage Jobs

Delores Prescott | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Delores Prescott

To ensure all families have access to care when and where they need it, we need more care providers. The first step to building a stable workforce is to make caregiving jobs good jobs, with higher wages and benefits.

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!

To My Wife And All Nurses Everywhere, Thank You

Rhet Troxell | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rhet Troxell

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all you nurses out there -- who abandon everything about your own needs and wants, to make this world a better place for everyone else you take care of. I'm thankful for my wife -- an ICU nurse -- my hero.

The Holiday Warriors

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Tube feeds and turkey. Sepsis and stuffing. Code blues and "thank you's" and teamwork and tears. I am a holiday warrior -- I am an ICU nurse. Even when my feet are sore and my belly is hungry -- every holiday, every shift -- my heart is full.

When Every Day Is World Prematurity Day

Hollee Actman Becker | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Hollee Actman Becker

My daughter was born eight weeks early during the first week of August in 2002. She weighed less than 4 lbs. and was so minute that the feeding tube carefully but obtrusively threaded through her nose took up half of her jaundiced little face.

Alabama Dad's Touching Tribute To Nurse Wife Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

An Alabama dad's beautiful post about his heroic, hardworking wife is touching Facebook users all over the world. On November 7, Bobby Wesson shared ...

Post-Traumatic Stress and the NICU

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.

A Letter To The Family Of My ICU Patient

Brie Gowen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Some people love us. Some people hate us. I can promise you that you do not want to be a patient in my unit. If you are then that means you're really sick. But I can also promise you that if you end up here you will get stellar care by a team of the best health care providers available.

20 Secrets Only Nurses Know

Quora | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Wearing a wedding/engagement ring and having a patient squeeze your hand while in pain is something you will do exactly once.

Suffering and Burnout in the ER

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

To everyone who sees and intervenes in life and death situations, I say this: You've done more good than you can ever imagine.  If you tell me it hurts too much to go back, then there's no shame. Go in peace.

Despite Apologies for 'No Haitians' Ad, Many Calling for Action | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices

Following the apology, Interim Healthcare issued a statement assuring that this type of discriminatory practice is "totally unacceptable" and "offensive."

A Letter to the Baby Nurses

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. Dearest baby nurse, don't let this scary new world drag you down